Cherries, red cherries! As kids we sang :” Red cherries I like to eat, and I like to go to school, too”-a funny rhyme I still like to remember, although it really is strange to me how school and red cherries came together in a verse! For even kids know, that when cherries are ripe school is about to end soon and summer holidays are to begin for the next two months. Who would know.. 

Cherries, red cherries ! It was a hot market day and cherries were about to end, there were not many vendors of this sweet fruit as spring has been too wet this year.Who would then blame such a high price for a kilo of cherries, red cherries.I took a kilo of them, to bring them home, remembering the rhyme:”Red cherries I like to eat…………….

Giresun (pronounced [ɡiɾeˈsun]TurkishGiresunAncient Greek: Pharnacia, Choerades) is the provincial capital of Giresun Province in the Black Sea Region of northeastern Turkey

The English word cherry, French cerise, Spanish cereza, and Southern Italian dialectcerasa (standard Italian ciliegia) all come from Classical Greek κερασός “cherry tree”, which has been identified with Cerasus. The cherry was first exported to Europe from Cerasus in Roman times, according to Pliny by Lucullus. from:

Lucullus  Among Lucullus’ other contributions to fine dining, he was also responsible for bringing (a species of) the sweet cherry and the apricot to Rome  from:

Apricots on a stalk, cherries, a wild strawberry, redcurrants, shells, a butterfly, a bee, a spider, a fly, a caterpillar and a dragonfly on a ledge - Balthasar Van Der Ast

“Apricots on a stalk, cherries, a wild strawberry, redcurrants, shells, a butterfly, a bee, a spider, a fly, a caterpillar and a dragonfly on a ledge” oil on Canvas.Balthasar Van Der Ast from:

Buying Cherries - Victor-Gabriel Gilbert

“Buying Cherries” oil on Canvas, Victor-Gabriel Gilbert,  from:

Girl with Cherries - Ambrogio de Predis

 “Girl with Cherries” oil on Canvas, Ambrogio de Predis, from:

Cherries - Ignace Henri Jean Fantin-Latour

“Cherries” oil on Canvas.Ignace Henri Jean Fantin-Latour, from:

Cherries - Theo Van Rysselberghe

 “Cherries” oil on Canvas.Theo Van Rysselberghe, from:


13 Replies to “Cherry”

  1. Cherries are delicious and not only that – they are beautiful too. As described so cleverly in your post,they have inspired artists and cooks alike for many years. Delightful.


  2. That is a strange little rhyme you sang. But maybe that is why it has stayed in your mind all these years. Cherries are so good and you have found such beautiful paintings to illustrate their loveliness.


  3. But people were eating wild cherries quite widely in Europe well before the Romans. No doubt, though, this became less important when hunter-gatherers became farmers – until cultivatable cherries came along.

    In English Cherry can be a surname, though it doesn’t exist as a regular first name (though some people may confuse it with Cherie). There is a term “to cherry-pick”, which is to select only the best and reject the rest, as, for example, a big company with a lot of money may do with new graduates looking for jobs.


    1. Wild cherries have a special aroma, I think they are still used in some recipes, like flavoured tea (but I am not sure whether they use wild cherries or artificial aroma )
      We have name Višnja (sour cherry ), but not cherry, which is funny as cherry is not sour! And we like to say for something in surplus or for something really good- this is a cherry on the top of a cake.


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